, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 2 – All constituent parties of the Jubilee coalition have been given until December next year to have folded up to form the Jubilee Alliance Party (JAP).
Leaders from the parties on Friday held a meeting to chart the way forward after a directive from the patrons that the issues the party was facing be addressed to ensure smooth transition.
Addressing journalists soon after the meeting, National Steering Committee chairman Kiraitu Murungi expressed confidence in the new party as one to lead the country to greater heights.
“Informal consultations have been going for long, but today was a formal meeting – we will inform you in due time,” said Murungi.
Murungi who was initially reluctant to express support for the new outfit declared his renewed confidence in JAP. He will co-chair the National Steering committee with Noah Wekesa.
The leaders also pledged their support for Deputy President William Ruto who is facing crimes against humanity charges at the International Criminal Court.
The leaders who are set to hold another of the series of prayer rallies in Kabartonjo over the weekend swore by the DP’s innocence stating that he would be vindicated.
Murungi said they were strategizing on how to frame the new campaign to have the case against the DP withdrawn after a section of URP legislators accused the TNA wing of not exerting as much pressure as it did in the president Kenyatta case.
“It is unfair for that a leader of ours to be sacrificed by forces of the international community and use funny things like witnesses who don’t want to appear in court and fabricating evidence,” he said.
Murungi said they would support President Uhuru Kenyatta in his quest to mobilize the international community at the UN General Assembly to have the case deferred.
Noah Wekesa noted that the coalition had not come out clearly to address the ICC matter saying the meeting would be the beginning of a new zeal by members of the Jubilee coalition to speak against the International Criminal Court and ensure the case like that of President Uhuru Kenyatta would crumble and come to an end.
Among those in attendance were Senator Charles Keter, Senator Kithure Kindiki (URP), Senator Lenny Kivuti , Senator Bewatrice Elachi, Jamleck Kamau (TNA), Governor Ken Lusaka (New FORD Kenya), TNA party officials led by party chairman Johnstone Sakaja and Secretary General Onyango Oloo, URP party officials led by party chairman Barre Shil and Secretary General Fred Muteti, Mwangi Kiunjuri (Grand National Union party) and former Mombasa gubernatorial race aspirant Suleiman Shahbal.